Over the weekend, news reports began to circulate saying President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. Tillerson has served as CEO and chair of Exxon since 2006. Environmental groups have widely condemned the potential nomination. Exxon is facing multiple lawsuits over its role in covering up the science behind climate change.
Tillerson is also known to have close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Wall Street Journal reports Tillerson “has known Putin since he represented Exxon’s interests in Russia during the regime of Boris Yeltsin.” In 2013, Putin awarded Tillerson the country’s Order of Friendship decoration. Guests are Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth USA; Carroll Muffett, president of the Center for International Environmental Law; and Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org.
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